Probation for trail bike rider

A NORTH Albury teenager pursued by police on Wednesday night when riding an unregistered trail bike was yesterday released from custody.

The youth, 17, had been refused bail on Thursday on charges of failing to stop in a police pursuit, having never held a licence, failing to provide information leading to a driver’s identification and using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

He appeared in Albury Children’s Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the matters.

Magistrate Tony Murray did not impose any convictions and put the youth on seven months’ probation on the pursuit offence along with imposing a six-month disqualification.

Mr Murray said the pursuit was over a relatively short distance and had not involved excessive speed.

Fines of $50 each were imposed on the other charges.

A marked highway patrol vehicle chased the youth without success but found him after information from another driver.

The pursuit lasted about one kilometre and the youth told the officer: “You wouldn’t have got close to me if my bike wasn’t playing up”.